"Nonsense!" cried the Mother of Devils. "What, I should like to know, have the sons of men to do here? It seems to me you had better all clean your teeth." So she gave the forty sons forty wooden stakes to clean their teeth with, and out of one's tooth fell an arm, and out of another's a thigh, and out of another's an arm, till they had all cleaned their teeth. Then they sat them down to eat and drink, and in the middle of the meal their mother said to them: "If now ye had a man for your brother, what would ye do with him?"
"Do," they replied, "why love him like a brother, of course!"
Then the Mother of Devils tapped the water-jar, and the King's son stood there again. "Here is your brother! " cried she to her forty sons.
The devils thanked the King's son for his company with great joy, invited their new brother to sit down, and asked their mother why she had not told them about him before, as then they might all have eaten their meal together.
"Nay but, my sons," cried she, "he does not live on the same sort of meat as ye; fowls, mutton, and such-like is what he feeds on."
At this one of them jumped up, went out, fetched a sheep, slew it, and laid it before the new brother.
"Oh, what a child thou art!" cried the Mother of Devils. "Dost thou not know that thou must first cook it for him? "
Then they skinned the sheep, made a fire, roasted it, and placed it before him. The King's son ate a piece, and after satisfying his hunger, left the rest of it. "Why, that's nothing!" cried the devils, and they urged him again and again to eat more. "Nay, my sons," cried their mother, " men never eat more than that."
"Let us see then what this sheep-meat is like," said one of the forty brothers. So they fell upon it and devoured the whole lot in a couple of mouthfuls.
Now when they all rose up early in the morning, the Mother of Devils said to her sons: "Our new brother hath a great trouble." - " What is it?" cried they, "for we would help him."
"He has fallen in love with the three Oranges!" - "Well," replied the devils, "we know not the place of the three Oranges ourselves, but perchance our aunt may know."
"Then lead this youth to her row their mother; "tell her that he is my son and worthy of all honour, let her also receive him as a sou and ease him of his trouble." Then the devils to6k the youth to their aunt, and told her, on what errand he had come.
Now this Aunt of the Devils had sixty sons, and as she did not know the place of the three Oranges, she had to wait till they came home. But lest any harm should happen to this her new son, she gave him a tap and turned him into a piece of crockery.
"We smell man's flesh, mother," cried the devils, as they crossed the threshold.
"Perchance ye have eaten man's flesh, and the remains thereof are still within your teeth," said their mother. Then she gave them great logs of wood that they might pick their teeth clean, and so be able to swallow down something else. But in the midst of the meal the woman gave the piece of crockery a tap, and when the sixty devils saw their little human brother, they rejoiced at the sight, made him sit down at table, and bade him fall to if there was anything there he took a fancy to. "My sons," said the Mother of the Devils to her sixty sons when they all rose up early on the morrow, "this lad here has fallen in love with the three Oranges, cannot you show him the way thither? "
"We know not the way," replied the devils; "but perchance our old great-aunt may know something about it."
"Then take the youth thither," said their mother, "and bid her hold him in high honour. He is my son, let him be hers also and help him out of his distress." Then they took him off to their great-aunt, and told her the whole business. "Alas! I do not know, my sons!" said the old, old great-aunt; "but if you wait till the evening, when my ninety sons come home, I will ask them."
Then the sixty devils departed and left the King's son there, and when it grew dusk the Mother of the Devils gave the youth a tap, turned him into a broom, and placed him in the doorway. Shortly afterwards the ninety devils came home, and they also smelt the smell of man, and took the pieces of man's flesh out of their teeth. In the middle of their meal their mother asked them how they would treat a human brother if they had one. When they had sworn upon eggs that they would not hurt so much as his little finger, their mother gave the broom a tap, and the King's son stood before them.
The devil brothers entreated him courteously, inquired after his health, and served him so heartily with eatables that they scarcely gave him time to breathe. In the midst of the meal their mother asked them whether they knew where the three Oranges were, for their new brother had fallen in love with them. Then the least of the ninety devils leaped up with a shout of joy, and said that he knew.
"Then if thou knowest," said his mother, "see that thou take this son of ours thither, that he may satisfy his heart's desire."
On arising next morning, the devil-son took the King's son with him, and the pair of them went merrily along the road together. They went on, and on, and on, and at last the little devil said these words: "My brother, we shall come presently to a large garden, and in the fountain thereof are the three. When I say to thee: 'Shut thine eye, open thine eye!' lay hold of what thou shalt see."
They went on a little way further till they came to the garden, and the moment the devil saw the fountain he said to the King's son: "Shut thine eye and open thine eye!" He did so, and saw the three Oranges bobbing up and down on the surface of the water where it came bubbling out of the spring, and he snatched up one of them and popped it in his pocket. Again the devil called to him: "Open thine eye and shut thine eye!" He did so, and snatched up the second orange, and so with the third also in the same way. "Now take care," said the devil, "that thou dost not cut open these oranges in any place where there is no water, or it will go ill with thee." The King's son promised, and so they parted, one went to the right, and the other to the left.